After a year on the sidelines, the most glorious course in Formula One returns to the calendar this weekend with the biggest facelift since it was shortened from a 14km thrash between towns.

Spa-Francorchamps rates highly among drivers of all eras, with its dips and twists through the Ardennes providing the biggest challenge of the year. Eau Rouge continues to attract mixed reviews from those that take it, but always attracts awe and recognition from those looking on, and the likes of Pouhon, Stavelot and Blanchimont still carry cache.

The track changes come at the unloved Bus Stop chicane, which is now altered to become a tight right-left S-bend onto the main start-finish straight with a faster entry from Blanchimnont. The La Source hairpin has also been moved to create a slightly longer straight, but remains essentially unaltered. Behind the scenes, a new pit and paddock area finally bring the circuit in line with more modern facilities, with brand new F1 garages being constructed and the entire paddock being revamped.

With just a week between the Italian and Belgian grands prix, there is no time for the teams to test, but all eleven equipes ran at the revamped Spa in early summer, so none will be entirely blind when the action gets underway on Friday.
FIA F1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS

It may have only been a few days since the last grand prix, but something scandalous is rarely far from the headlines in Formula 1 and the word 'spying' has been on everyone's lips again since Fernando Alonso crossed the line at Monza.

Well, at least, the words 'spying' and 'new evidence', all of which is expected to come to light at the reconvening of the World Motor Sport Council this week to potentially put to rest the scandal that has swamped the sport for some months now.

Even so, Ferrari have already vowed to fight as long as possible until they believe they right a wrong against McLaren, ominously meaning that the announcement made on Thursday won't be the final chapter in an increasingly extraordinary story.

Indeed, much centres on the much anticipated 'new evidence' that has reportedly prompted the FIA to write to all teams and each McLaren driver. In it they urge them for information over what rumours are claiming to be a telling e-mail exchange between Fernando Alonso and Pedro de la Rosa. At the same time though, McLaren are thought to be prepared to get more teams involved in the situation as their defence. The case very much continues...

NEWS FROM THE TEAMS:
McLaren - Fernando Alonso (#1), Lewis Hamilton (#2):

It remains to be seen what frame of mind McLaren will be in when they head to Belgium on the back of the reconvening of the World Motor Sport Council, but whatever the outcome they still have a lead to protect.

McLaren's dominance in Italy is likely to be harder to repeat in Belgium where the high-speed bends will probably suit the more planted Ferrari than the supple MP4-22, ? la Silverstone and Istanbul.

Nonetheless, Monza winner Alonso is confident McLaren will be strong at his 'favourite circuit', not least because it is the track where he claimed his one and only Formula 3000 victory seven years ago and launched himself into the spotlight when he signed for Minardi soon after.

While Alonso is now going for a third straight title, the Spaniard insists there is still plenty of laps remaining over the final four races before he can be crowned champion.

"I am really excited to be going back to racing at Spa, it is my favourite track. It is very demanding and with the long lap and all the different characteristics, you need to work hard with the team to get the right balance.

"The Championship battles are really exciting, after this race we have only three left, so it is very important to have another good result here, but of course it is the same for Lewis, Kimi and Felipe, so we will have to wait and see how it goes. There are a lot of laps to be raced still, my goal is to win as many races as possible and I hope we can have an exciting end to the season for the fans."

The man Alonso is trying to chase down is team-mate Lewis Hamilton but while many rookies in his position would likely feel pressure, the Brit insists such a situation is 'extra motivation' for him as he vows to create history over the coming races and become the first person to win a championship in their maiden season.

"Spa is a track that everyone has always talked about and it is with good reason. I love the circuit, it does require a compromise with the set-up to account for the fast straights and corners whilst also ensure you can have the right amount of traction through the slower sections, and it is all about being precise.

"I raced here in 2005, race one was in the wet, race two in the dry, so I have some good experience and won race two. We tested here in July and completed some positive work with Bridgestone. Now I am just waiting to get out there and race in a Formula 1 car for the first time.

"The situation in both Championships is very close, and people keep talking about pressure, but it just provides me with extra motivation, I certainly don't feel any stress. There are four races to go, including Belgium, and I will take them all individually and do my best to try and win them."
Renault - Giancarlo Fisichella (#3), Heikki Kovalainen (#4):

Renault arrives at Spa with mixed emotions in the camp, after Heikki Kovalainen added further points to his slowly growing tally at Monza, but veteran team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella missed out after qualifying problems. Although this weekend will be Kovalainen's first race at Spa in F1, the Finn is no stranger to the circuit.

"I'm very excited!" he enthused, "Spa is a fantastic circuit, and I have very good memories from my races in GP2. The track layout is very nice, with lots of elevation changes and some really good sequences of corners which put the drivers and the engineers to the test. It is certainly one of the best races of the year, and a fantastic challenge for the drivers - especially through the famous section of Eau Rouge.

"This is what I would call an old-style circuit - not in terms of the facilities, which have been improved a lot this year, but in terms of the track design. There are many demanding, high-speed corners and it is a real driver's circuit, where we can make a big difference at the wheel. Even if the car does not have the perfect set-up, or if it is not the fastest on the grid, a very brave driver can go into the corners faster, accelerate earlier or not lift where others do. This is a circuit where you can really see who the good drivers are.

"We were a bit disappointed not to finish higher [at Monza], and not to have taken advantage of Massa's retirement to score more points, but we made no mistakes during the race, so I have to admit we finished where we probably deserved to. It was good to finish the race and maintain my 100 per cent record, and to score points for the fifth race in a row."

With Renault's 2008 line-up set to be decided within days, Fisichella knows that the pressure is on to perform if he is to continue partnering Kovalainen next season.

"This is a circuit where the driver can really make the difference," he said, perhaps hoping that that will count in his favour, "It is an exceptional circuit, and without a doubt the best for the drivers. Eau Rouge is a fabulous corner, and really impressive from the cockpit, even though it is not quite as demanding with the V8 engines as it once was.

"After I was held up in qualifying [at Monza], I knew I was in for a tough weekend. Fifteenth isn't the place to start from if you want a good result, but I still pushed hard all the way through the race. There are still four races left, and we will be aiming to put in a strong performance at each one."

THe Italian is confident that the R27 is capable of a strong performance at Spa.

"We have already seen this season that our car is quite competitive in low downforce configuration, notwithstanding the performance last week in Monza," he explained, "We run higher downforce than in Italy but, despite this, we still have relatively little wing in order to get good top speeds. I think this is a good opportunity for us to be competitive."

Ferrari - Felipe Massa (#5), Kimi Raikkonen (#6):

With little time to lick its wounds after being soundly beaten on home soil, the Scuderia will be desperate to turn the tables on McLaren at Spa, the outcome of Thursday's World Motor Sport Council meeting notwithstanding.

While every team ran a circuit-specific aerodynamic package at Monza, Ferrari chief designer Nikolas Tombazis reckons that aerodynamic performance will be even more important in Belgium, and is optimistic that the F20007 will be on the apce.

"Generally speaking, Spa is the type of circuit where the performance difference between the cars gets amplified," he revealed, "Compared to the circuits where we have been quite strong, Spa has actually got a lower level of downforce, so cars have higher top speeds with less downforce. But nonetheless, in common with the tracks that appear to have suited us, Spa also has some very high-speed corners, which do stress the tyres quite a lot and that, for us, is a positive aspect. Furthermore, with long straights there is also a high emphasis on engine power here. I think all in all, I am hopeful we can be quite competitive here with the F2007.

"We were looking not too bad when we had our first ever Spa test session back in July. However, the cars have evolved since then and therefore it's difficult to know exactly which of two teams - ourselves and our nearest rivals - has made the most progress since then. But I am reasonably optimistic."

Kimi Raikkonen will arrive in Belgium hoping that any lingering effects from his Monza practice shunt have dissipated, allowing him to take the fight to McLaren more than he could in Italy.

"I still don't know what exactly happened," he said of the shunt at the Ascari chicane, "The impact was very hard, but the consequences, as often happens in these kind of accidents, I could only feel the next day; and unfortunately it was the day of the race. My neck really hurt, even though we did everything we could to put me back in shape, but there was not enough time left. This was undeniably the most painful race I've ever had.

"We had a good test at Spa-Francorchamps last July and I'm 100 per cent fit in terms of physical fitness. It's a wonderful place - I always loved to race there and I like the latest modifications of the track. There are some very fast and challenging corners, where we could exploit some of the qualities of the F2007. I've been twice on the central step of the podium there and I want to get back there next Sunday!"

Team-mate Felipe Massa will also be hoping to bounce back, having posted a rare retirement early in Ferrari's home event. Like Raikkonen, the Brazilian refuses to count himself out of the title race.

"I have nothing much more to say about what happened in Monza, except to repeat how disappointed I was," he sighed, "To do just a handful of laps in Ferrari's home grand prix and at such a critical stage in the championship was not a good feeling. Impossible is not a word I like to use but, in terms of the drivers' championship, if it is not impossible for me to win it, it is certainly looking very difficult indeed. However, I never give up and I will keep trying, and I don't think it will change my approach to the races that are left. Between now and the end of the year, I just want to get as many victories as possible all the way to the last race."
Honda - Jenson Button (#7), Rubens Barrichello (#8):

After an improved showing at the Italian Grand Prix, where Jenson Button finished in the points and both drivers were in the top ten, Honda naturally hopes to carry its upturn in performance through to Belgium.

"It was a boost for the whole team to see an improved performance from the RA107 over the Italian Grand Prix weekend," senior technical director Shuhei Nakamoto, "Belgium this weekend will be a tougher challenge for us as the Spa circuit requires a higher level of downforce than Monza. High-speed aerodynamic stability is the absolutely key to precise handling on this circuit and we will have a lot of work to do as the car has changed a lot since our test there back in July."

Button doubled his season's tally at Monza and is looking forward to retaking the challenge of Spa.

"It is one of my absolute favourite circuits and I am really excited that it is back on the calendar for this year," the Briton admitted, "As everyone acknowledges, Spa is a real drivers' track where your skill and commitment are tested to the absolute limit on every lap. The only other track that really compares to the challenge is probably Suzuka - it's a flowing circuit which you can really get into a rhythm around. You can overtake at the top of the hill into Les Combes, hopefully into the new chicane and you can also squeeze by at the first corner, La Source, but the biggest challenge is the double left-hander Pouhon and it is really satisfying to get that right."

Team-mate Rubens Barrichello has yet to score this year, but shares Button's enthusiasm for Spa.

"It is a well-known favourite for every driver and it is a fantastic feeling to drive around there in a Formula One car," the Brazilian commented, "After a year away, it will be good to return and it is certainly safer since they have made the modifications to the circuit layout. It is one of the best circuits of the year, and with the unpredictable weather and the opportunities for overtaking, you always expect a good fun race.

"The test in July at Spa was not one of our best, but we have made a lot of progress on the car since then, as the weekend in Italy has shown, so I go to Spa in a positive frame of mind and hoping for a good race."

BMW Sauber - Nick Heidfeld (#9), Robert Kubica (#10):

Having tested a modern F1 car around the old Nurburgring earlier in the year, Spa-Francorchamps' 'old world' atmosphere should suit BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld, one of the few drivers not to have participated in July's group test.

"I am happy Spa is back on the calendar," he agreed, "The last time I was there was in 2004 and, in those days, I was in a car which wasn't competitive at all, so it will be different this time."

Remarkably, the German isn't that familiar with the venue, despite opportunities to race there.

"Although Spa isn't too far from my home town of M?nchengladbach, I didn't race there very often [in the junior formulae]," he explained, "The circuit wasn't on the Formula Ford and F3 calendar when I was racing, and I had to miss the 2005 Formula One race after I injured myself in a bicycle accident. However, Spa is a very beautiful circuit, with some very special parts. The combination of turns that make up Eau Rouge through the depression is world famous, and for spectators it is a must."

Team-mate Robert Kubica has greater experience of the track in its former guise, having raced there in F3 and Formula Renault, but will be making his competitive F1 debut there this year having only graduated to the top flight in 2006.
Toyota - Ralf Schumacher (#11), Jarno Trulli (#12):

After a disappointing Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Toyota heads to the Belgian Grand Prix looking to conclude its European campaign on a high note.
Both Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli had the chance to sample the resurfaced Spa track and the revised Bus Stop chicane when the team tested there in July, and safety campaigner Trulli was happy with the outcome of the earthworks.

"Spa is the best circuit in the world, so I am really pleased it is back on the calendar," the Italian said, "The changes to the track have taken a lot of effort, but the results are good, especially the improvements to the Bus Stop chicane. It is hard to find the limit at Spa as you really have to focus throughout the whole lap, and it is still one of the hardest tracks in the world - a real challenge for the driver."

The team returns to a more standard aerodynamic package this weekend to cope with the undulating, challenging Spa circuit, and is hopeful of a better result than in Monza.

"We are coming towards the end of the season and the Japanese Grand Prix is next, so it would be great to score more points before Toyota's home race at Fuji Speedway," Trulli admitted, "I am optimistic because the team is working very hard."

Schumacher, meanwhile, is optimistic that the TF107 can return to the sort of form it showed earlier in the season.

"We had another difficult weekend in Italy but, obviously, we will use a very different aero package for Spa compared to Monza," he said, "The track has similar characteristics to Silverstone, where we were quick. We tested at Spa in July and we made good progress, so we are hopeful of a strong result. Our first target is always to qualify in the top ten with both cars and then we hope to score points from there."

Red Bull Racing - David Coulthard (#14), Mark Webber (#15):

If anyone is looking forward to getting out on track this weekend, it is David Coulthard, whose Italian Grand Prix lasted less time than any of his rivals.

With Mark Webber also failing to score at Monza, the Belgian GP presents a final chance for the pair to add to the Red Bull team's tally before the circus heads to the Far East, and DC is looking forward to the chance, echoing the thoughts of others about the Spa circuit.

"Spa is a fantastic circuit, and I absolutely love it," he enthused, "I am looking forward to hopefully having a very strong weekend and, of course, that means scoring a point. It will be difficult to do, because you have got two McLarens, two Ferraris and two BMWs straight away that have got pace and have got reliability and they tend to be in the top six places. Then you are fighting with Renault, Williams and Toyota - so there are a lot of cars trying to squeeze into the final two points places.

"We have always got to look for the fact that, despite my retirement, Mark's car ran reliably in the race and he was so close to being in a position to score a point, which is very valuable for where we are at this time. Now we have four more opportunities to actually do that, and we are trying as hard as we can. We are in sixth place in the constructors' championship, which may not sound wonderful, but it is better than the seventh we were in previously!"

Engine guru Fabrice Lom admits that, after the high-speed rigours of Monza, Spa could prove to be a tough event for the Renault V8s powering Coulthard and Webber - just as it will for any other driver using a 'second race' powerplant.

"Spa includes some very long straights, which means a high proportion of the lap is spent at full throttle," he explained, "There is also a high number of gearchanges, and a lot of high lateral and even vertical 'g' loadings. But, in my opinion, the main difficulty is with the lubrication system and specifically the oil feed through the Raidillon. This is something that the engine was designed to cope with, as we knew Spa would be on the calendar and that we would have to face this unique challenge. We tested at Spa in July, and we have no particular worries in this area."
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Williams - Nico Rosberg (#16), Alex Wurz (#17):

With just a handful of races remaining, Spa provides a perfect platform for another potentially great midfield battle between the likes of Red Bull, Toyota, Honda and Williams, but also carries greater weight for both the Grove team's pilots.

While Nico Rosberg's performances this season have attracted attention from other teams - including Mclaren if paddock rumour is to be believed - veteran team-mate Alex Wurz finds himself under pressure to hold on to the second seat. The Austrian, however, remains unfazed by the possibility of a swift return to the rank of footsoldier and is focused on the job at hand.

"Spa is a fantastic race track, so I'm very much looking forward to racing there," he insisted, "In terms of performance, I'm not really sure what we can expect. We tested there a few weeks ago, but it's difficult to tell how we will go in the race, although I think it'll probably be pretty close again. As a team, we'll go there with high hopes following Nico's sixth place in Monza. If we can secure some more points, we'll help to strengthen fifth in the constructors' championship for the team and that's my goal for the race."

Rosberg shares the sentiments about the Ardennes circuit as his rivals, and is keen to maintain his recent run of form.

"I'm not overly optimistic, but we've clearly made progress since the test [at Spa] and I hope we can keep that momentum going," he said, "As we've shown in the past few races, we've delivered over and above our expectations, so I hope that we can continue that form and exceed our targets this weekend."

Scuderia Toro Rosso - Vitantonio Liuzzi (#18), Sebastian Vettel (#19):

One of only two teams yet to score this season, Scuderia Toro Rosso heads to Spa hoping that the unpredictable nature of the circuit, and its associated microclimate, can help it open its account.

Sebastian Vettel will be hoping the final stop on the European calendar will yield a more favourable result after a promising qualifying performance at Monza was undone by a disappointing race result.

Nonetheless, Spa is a circuit the German knows somewhat better than those he has recently competed on and will be hoping the added experience - the only ingredient missing from what many consider a complete package - will help him show well in a car that appears more under-developed as the season progresses.

For Vitantonio Liuzzi, the race will signal another chance for him to try and impress prospective employees before he is left fighting for a place on the F1 grid at the end of the season.
Spyker F1 - Sakon Yamamoto(#20), Adrian Sutil (#21):

THe other team still pointless with four races to run is Spyker and, amid further rumours of another change of ownership, the Silverstone-based team heads to Belgium for the second outing with its B-spec car.

Pleased to have got two cars got to the finish in last week's Italian Grand Prix, Spyker is aware that the unique low downforce package required at the Italian track made it hard to quantify how much progress has been made over the previous A-spec machine. The Belgian GP at Spa should provide a much better guide to the team's form, with chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne looking forward to being ablke to make a real comparison between new and old.

"I think most of the gain comes from aero and, at Monza, you're just taking all the wing off and running it with no downforce, so you don't really see the benefits," he explained, "We've got some improvements for Spa, including some updates coming on the diffuser, so we always said that this was just the start of the process. It is moving forward, and Spa will be better.

"Monza was a bit of a mixed bag, there were good and bad bits. I was disappointed with qualifying. All year we've struggled to get one lap out of the car, and last weekend was no exception. I think we felt there was quite a bit more in the car than we got out in qualifying, and I think our race pace and Friday pace confirmed that. In fact, our race pace was more competitive than we've been all year.

"Getting two cars to the finish was good. Sakon [Yamamoto] put in a very good performance, finishing ten seconds down on his team mate, by far his most competitive finish of his F1 career. It was a good effort from him and he matched the pace of Adrian [Sutil] all weekend, so there are a lot of positives."

Sutil's performances in 2007 nhave improved as the year has gone on, and the team is confident that the German can go well again at Spa after an solid test there in July.

"When you look at the race results, you'll see us in 19th and 20th positions and I'm sure you'll think not much has changed, but I think we can be very positive about the team's performance over the [Monza] weekend," team principal Colin Kolles insisted, "As a team, we did not make any mistakes, two new cars ran faultlessly and both got to the finish despite only having a limited testing programme beforehand.

"We also showed an improvement in race pace over the A-spec cars, with both Adrian and Sakon setting times very similar to the Toro Rossos and Super Aguris. This year, we have struggled on tracks with low downforce and high speeds but, in Monza, we were much closer than before. I think it was a solid debut that we can certainly build on.

"I think Spa-Francorchamps should suit us better than Monza, and we'd like to think that we can better our performance. Our goal has now got to be to get off the back row of the grid so we can take advantage of our improved race pace. We would like to secure tenth in the constructors' championship, ahead of Toro Rosso, and perhaps, with a strong result in Belgium, we could move up. We had a good test there in July, Adrian knows the track very well - he was the F3 lap record holder there - and, as we showed in Germany, if the weather is changeable, we are one of the few teams that are able to take full advantage of the conditions."

Super Aguri F1 - Takuma Sato (#22), Anthony Davidson (#23):

Perhas contentiously, and perhaps against the odds, Super Aguri has scored points in 2007, but the team is determined to hold on to its elevated position in the constructors' championship as the European leg of the season draws to a close.

According to Takuma Sato's race engineer Richard Connell, Spa should be another decent weekend for the Leafield-based operation.

"We have numerous set-up tools available so that we can adapt our car to the characteristics of the circuit and ensure we get the best performance from the SA07 across the weekend," he explained, "Spa, with respect to other circuits on the F1 calendar, is a low downforce circuit and we will run an optimised aerodynamic set-up to reflect this. History shows that the SA07 is well suited to these low downforce, high efficiency circuits, and the team has given very good qualifying and race performances in Canada and the USA, where we would usually run a similar aerodynamic package.

"Our priority is to finish the Belgian Grand Prix weekend having maintained our eighth position in the constructors' championship. We will, of course, always aim to add to our points tally for the year but, with the highly competitive level of our midfield rivals and reliability of the entire field, this is not always possible. So, if we can maintain our advantage over the teams currently behind us, which is certainly possible, then the weekend will have been a success.
TYRES:

Formula One's return to Spa will see Bridgestone's medium and soft compound Potenza face the longest circuit of the season, needing to combat a diverse mix of corners, including the world famous Eau Rouge, in each 7km lap.

"Spa is extremely challenging as it is a very fast track," head of track engineering operations Kees van de Grint commented, "To the contrary of some other fast tracks, where the downforce loads placed on the tyres are lower because of low drag set-ups on the cars, here a higher level of downforce is applied. This means the tyres are placed under gruelling conditions with high speeds and high loads for almost the entire lap."
The tyre options, selected after July's group test, have been used in combination on five previous occasions this season - in Australia, the United States, France, Germany and, most recently, at the Italian Grand Prix last weekend - but with unpredictable weather a feature of any visit to Belgium, Bridgestone will also have its wet and extreme wet tyres at the ready.

"Wet conditions can change so quickly that it is very difficult to make the right call," van de Grint continued, "We always calculate and present to the teams the conditions when you should change from the dry tyre to the wet tyre and then to the extreme wet, and vice versa - but, in race conditions, it is not so straightforward. We can control many things, and we have many computers, but the one thing that we can't control is nature."

THE TRACK:
Race Distance: 44 laps - Circuit Length: 4.352 miles (7.004km)

Nestling deep inside the Ardennes forest near Liege, Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most historic and evocative circuits in Formula One and makes a welcome return to the 2007 calendar after a year's absence for modernisation of the circuit and facilities. Spa features a mixture of long straights combined with very high speed corners and low speed technical sections.

Chassis set-up requires a compromise between reducing drag to aid straightline speed and generating downforce to aid cornering. Braking stability is also an important consideration, particularly when stopping the car after the flat-out Blanchimont corner for the new low speed chicane.

With a 7.004 km lap, Spa is the longest circuit on the calendar and its fantastic corners, wonderful scenery and adrenalin pumping elevation changes make it a place where driver bravery and skill become even more significant than usual. The weather is notoriously changeable which only adds to the excitement of the race weekend.
THE WINNER?

After being somewhat embarrassed by McLaren's sheer pace around Monza, Ferrari will be feeling somewhat vindicated as they head to Spa and although only seven days separate the races, Spa should prove a better suit for the F2007.

If Ferrari needed a confidence boost, the fact that they had the fastest package at Silverstone - the circuit many consider to be closest to Spa - then they can head to Belgium with their eye on the main prize.

Even so, Spa is one of those circuits where anything can genuinely happen - think back to Jordan's 1-2 result in those exceptional 1998 circumstances... Still, Lewis Hamilton didn't drive there in 2006 with GP2 so will be more on the back foot than normal and this could be the only prompt Fernando Alonso needs to get back in charge. A crucial race for all concerned if there ever was one...
LAST SEASON:

There was no Belgian Grand Prix in 2006, following the late decision to cancel the race so that rebuilding and reprofiling work could take place for 2007 and beyond, in an attempt to keep Spa on the calendar in the longer term.

However, the 2005 edition saw Kimi Raikkonen takes his second Spa success to boost his claim to the world title. Things did not go all the Finn's way, however, as McLaren team-mate Juan Montoya retired late on after colliding with the lapped Antonio Pizzonia and allowed points leader Fernando Alonso into P2. That was not enough to allow Alonso to become the youngest world champion, however, as the title race continued to Brazil. With Michael Schumacher out on lap 14 following a collision with Takuma Sato, the Japanese driver's BAR team-mate Jenson Button completed the podium, while Mark Webber, Rubens Barrichello, Jacques Villeneuve, Ralf Schuamcher and, against the odds, Tiago Monteiro, completed the scorers. Giancarlo Fisichella posted the first retirement of the race after a major off at Eau Rouge, denying Renault a chance to extend its advantage over McLaren in the constructors' race.

1. Kimi Raikkonen Finland McLaren-Mercedes 44 laps
2. Fernando Alonso Spain Renault-Renault +28.3
3. Jenson Button Britain BAR-Honda +32.0
4. Mark Webber Australia Williams-BMW +69.1
5. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +78.1
6. Jacques Villeneuve Canada Sauber-Petronas +87.4
7. Ralf Schumacher Germany Toyota-Toyota +87.5
8. Tiago Monteiro Portugal Jordan-Toyota +1 lap

 

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